Weekend Whims- Getting Ready for Summer!

Yes, I know, this week was actually the first of spring, but I’m ready for summer! We usually take our summer vacation the end of May and head to the Gulf Beaches of Alabama. This year, the trip is moving up to, well, practically now! And seeing how it’s in the 40’s here and the 70’s where we’re headed, I feel like we’re about to leave winter and head straight to summer! Summer for us here in the Pacific Northwest is the 70’s! So even though it’s only spring, I feel like we’re getting ready for summer!

1. Love this Endora top from Simple Simon and Company! I’m going to have to find a little girl to sew it for…. hmmm….

2. And speaking of cute summer tops…  I’m hoping I’ll have time to make this Wiksten tank for myself before I go! I saw it on Kristin from Skirt as Top, and it looks great on her! Maybe it will look almost as good on me…

3. These flowers have been all over the web, but I sure do love them! This DIY is by Ruche for Design*Sponge.

4. We’re going to see family, so how fitting is this set of family dolls by Timo Handmade!!

5. And I just want to lay in the sun on this bed! Image via The Style Files.

 

Weekend Whims- Everything’s Green

Happy St. Patick’s Day!!

We’re not Irish, at least not much Irish… We don’t do a lot of St. Patrick’s Day crafts and we don’t eat the tradition Patty’s day food or decorate the house in green! But we do wear green! And we do love green, so to celebrate today, I’m sharing some of my favorite green finds!

1. What about this green turtle DIY by Make It- Love It??? Adorable!

2. Now this is actually a St Patty’s day tutorial, a clover banner how to by One Charming Party. But I think they’d make a great quilt!

3. Love this terrarium by Twig Terrariums. They have some great kits as well!

4. I do love a good yarn pompom! And imeondesign has a clever use for them… Placesetting card holder! Too cute.

5. Also in love with this specimen like bug party and the great green beetle invitation.

6. I do have a thing about handmade play food (even though I keep saying I”m going to make some, but never do…) and I love these cute cupcakes by She Wears Flowers for Snips and Spice!

Weekend Whims- The Beach!!!

I’m so excited! Every year we leave the Pacific Northwest’s dampness for a time at my late grandparents beach house that I have visited every single year of life! We typically go in May, but due to a few little work issues (like my lack of one and more dependancy on my husband’s) we had to move our trip up this year and we’ll be leaving soon!! Sweet Home Alabama here we come!

I’m always doing some sort of project while we’re there. I finished my first quilt there one year! So this week’s weekend whims is a look into my pinterest pages of projects I want for the beach house!

1. I have been in love with this frame wall by Toby Fairley Interior Design for over a year now!

2. Every year I mean to make a collage of our sea shell finds, like these by Martha Stewart. Maybe this year, we can!

3. As a kid we had an outdoor shower! It must have blown away in a hurricane or something. Who knows! I would love to follow this outdoor shower tutorial by The Handmade Home.

4. I soooo want to add swings just like these to our pier! (repinned via pinterest. I don’t have the link to the original posting. If anyone does, please let me know so that I can add it.)

5. I’ll never forget catching a sea-horse in the crab trap as a kid! We pulled it up and scooped out the crabs and put the trap back in. There’s always seaweed and jellyfish tentacles (yes, I’ve been stung a few times from kneeling in it as I put the trap back in) and that sort left on the pier from the traps. But this time, I just happened to see a little tiny sea-horse, not bigger than an inch long jumping around. Of course, being a kid I scooped it up and kept it. I loved watching it. That is until my grandmother poured it out in the dirty dish water… Again, I found it and kept it, but unfortunately the sea-horse had moved on to cleaner waters, so to speak… A little bit of my childhood fun at the beach. So naturally, I love this seahorse pillow by Matsutake!

6. Love how perfect a recycled chenille blanket is for this sea urchin pillow by Parker Brown Textiles. She also great some great starfish pillows as well!

Check out the other projects I’d love to do at my pinterest page!

And Mom, start looking for some frames for the coral frame wall in the middle room and an old chenille blanket for some pillows… and maybe soem vintage sheets for some quick quilts! wink, wink!

Weekend Whims- More Quilts

I’ve been thinking about quilts a lot lately… Probably since I’ve been working on one every day this week! I designed one for the Project Quilting that was supposed to be quick and easy, but it’s taking way longer than planned…. hmmmmm… So in the meantime, here are a few others that left an impression!

1. I do like the hexagon quilts, but I can’t ever remember seeing a Monster-z sized one like this one by Cloud 9 Fabrics! I love this and it’s even a tutorial…..

2. I’ve been watching all the wonderful inspiration, and of course amazing talent, being featured on the 100 Days of Quilts over at The Modern Quilt Guild Blog. I loved this Red Cross one by Anglea from Quilting is My Therapy and it has inspired me for a Christmas present… shhhh…..

3. Have you ever made a postage stamp quilt??? I am still learning about quilting, so just recently learned that this is what they are called. So of course, I’ve never made one, since I just learned about them… But this one by Elena from Breakfast for Dinner via Gen X Quilters totally made me want to make one. I can’t get it out of my head!!! I might have to find a way to make a mini one for one of the Project Quilting Challenges… ohhhh, I just had an idea…  ohhhh! I’m excited!

4. I love the improv pieceing of this one by Karen Anderson Abraham via The Modern Quilt Guild Blog. I need to try an improvisational pieced one real soon! They are some of my favorites!

What are your favorite quilt styles?

Weekend Whim- 7 Pretty Things on a Sunday

7 Pretty Things!! Earlier this week when I read about the 7 Pretty Things Blog party and a few of my favorite ‘pins‘ came to mind. So I just have to share!

1. Oh, To Dream quilt by Rebecca Rebouche for Anthropologie, via Maureen Cracknell Handmade. I’m so glad to have found this quilt online, because I’m now a huge fan of all of Rebecca’s work.

2. Have you seen this butterfly chandelier by Stef from Girl. Inspired, via Chickabug?? I’ve been seeing a bunch of pretty things lately, including this chandelier, and trying to think of when will I ever get a chance to make one since we don’t have any little girls in my house!

3. If you’ve been keeping up with this Season of Project Run and Play, I’m sure you saw this amazing dress! The Every Color in the Box Dress by Danielle from My Sparkle, via Project Run and Play

4. I love sea urchins and I love seeing them in all white. SO of course I fell in love with this pillow by Parker Brown Textiles made of recycled chelline blankets.

5. I’ve also always have a thing of old birdcages. I’ve always wanted to make an aquarium in an old birdcage. Anyway… So with that information, you can see why I love this birdcage chandelier made by Jesyka D’Itri Marés from Visual vocabulary , via Design Sponge.

6. How adorable are these mini pinata favors by Ruffled ?

7. And last but not least, I want one of these moons!! I adore this moon photo by Wildflowers Photography, via I Heart Faces.

 

 

Don’t forget to check out the blog party hosts,  Gussy Sews, Matchstick Molly, Much Love Illy, and The Letter 4, for more Pretty Things!
Photobucket

Halloween Link Love

Now that the birthday party has passed, it’s time to move on to another of my favorite things….  Decorating for Halloween!

Here are a few project ideas that I’m either going to do or have in some way inspired a project!!

1. Printables! I love printables, including this subway are one from eighteen25. We have a wall of small art pieces we’ve collected in our dining room and just last year I started switching the art out for holiday art for different seasons. I’ve got to get my Halloween pieces printed! Also, check out my pinterest page for a ton more!

2. For some reason this year, I’m into the spiders! Love these spider sacks from Modern Parents Messy Kids. I have another spider web idea in the works as well…..

3. I’m getting my letters and yarn this weekend to make this project from Jen Johnson’s guest post on eighteen25.

4. We need these pillows from Chapman Place on our front porch bench for sure!

5. Love love love these bats from Made via Country Living (for the template).

6. I’m totally inspired to make a paper cut project this year. This one by Suzy Taylor is just awesome!

7. I was only going to include one printable, but this is just adorable. I can’t wait to print this Halloween Paper Doll from Bablisme. and in case you’re wondering, yes, there is a girl version as well.

What Halloween crafts will you be making this year???

And the Winner is plus a Purse Link Love!

WOW! I think I pulled a blogging faux paux… I was supposed to announce the winner of hte giveaway yesterday, but… I was totally in party planning/decorating mode and I’m not sure what happened to last week. Totally obsessed! Last night, or should I say this morning about 3 AM I realized that I totally spaced the giveaway! So with my apologies and without further ado….

It’s that time again…  Time for a drum roll…

And the winner of the da-atis giveaway is…..

Pally Jane!

I’ll be contacting you soon to see which one you would love best! Thanks for playing!

And for the link love… I need a new purse… But I want something different than the ones I usually make… So what’s it going to be? No idea. But here are a few of my favorites!

1. I love this bag by Made By Hank. I think it’s the piping!

2. This is a perfect rendition of the Tiered Bag from the book 1, 2, 3 Sew. This version is by the author, Ellen, from The Long Thread.

3. This is the size I’m thinking I need, by Warehouse Fabric.

4. I’m not sure this one from Amy Butler, via Sew Mama Sew,  will work for me right now, but I love it just the same.

5. I love the pleats. This bag tutorial by Made by Rae is adorable. I love this one and want to make a bigger version of it!

6. And this one by Kate Spade is adorable.

Feel free to share your favorite tutorials!

Sew Ready to Play Link Love

I haven’t done a link love in ages! Ok, maybe it hasn’t been quite that long, but it feels like a loooonnnggg time! I hope you’ve enjoyed the Sew Ready to Play series. What were your favorites? A big thanks to all the awesome bloggers who joined me with fun projects over the last couple of weeks! Did you miss the series? Well, you did miss out! But don’t worry! Click here for links to all the tutorials!

And now, some fun things based on games I found via Pinterest

1. How cool is this Hopscotch quilt by gen X quilters? It’s really big!

2. And if you’re playing hopscotch, you need an adorable little skirt like this one by Probably Actually. The skirt is pattern by Oliver + S called the Hopscotch Skirt. Not sure why, but I’m thinking the adorable pockets would be perfect for the rocks and chalk needed for a quick game!

3. Yep, another quilt by gen x quilters! Remember twister??? I love quilts with circles! I was never a big fan of Twister because I wasn’t very good at it! A little personal note… I get very competitive when I play games… But I might give it another try if I had this quilt…

4. I also love tutu’s… Maybe it’s the photographer in me and I love all those baby pics with the big tutu’s. Maybe it’s fun memories of ballet lessons as a kid. Who knows! But I do know that I love this Candyland tutu from LadyBugsDragonflies.

5. Do you detect a theme here? Yes, it’s an overload on Hopscotch… Check out this hopscotch mat by Cool Spaces for Kids. I’m not sure how she made it, but it looks like ribbon… Love it!

6. Now, this doesn’t technically go with the whole ‘sew something inspired by a favorite game’, but I love it and wanted to share it. It’s a cute little handmade memory game by dandee. Check out the cute tutorial!

7. And I also loved this checker board by i heart linen. Love the grey and yellow and the fact that it’s a mini quilt!

Thanks for playing along and hopefully we’ll have another Sew Ready to Play series next year!

A Quilting Link Love

I’ve had quilting on the brain lately trying to finish up my Quilt #4. So then I can finish up some other projects and go back to Quilt #3. Anyway…. I have been obsessing with my thoughts on quilting so I thought I’d share a few of my most recent favorites!

 

1. I always love Skyo’s pieces. I love her birds and then this one had a fox! (I have another fox project on my mind, but more about that later….)

2. Katie, from Sew Katie Did, is a local quilter and I have to say one of my all time favorites! I pretty much am in love with everything she does. I have to admit that there have been a few nights that I have sat and just stared at this blue one! And I’m so excited to say that she’ll be going us one day soon!!

3. I saw this one a while back via My Owl Barn and the image just stuck in my head! I love the bright red owls. And check out the detailing in the quilt….

4. I’ve been seeing a ton of the ‘ombre’ style around lately. Love it. But I was totally hooked on when I saw this ‘Orange Paint Chip Quilt’ on Kimem’s etsy site . I fell in love! I just think it’s amazing!

Crafting With Kids Link Love

We’re spending time with friends and their kids this weekend and I was put in charge of the kids projects! So I thought I’d share a few of my Pinterest favorites that we might try out!

1. I love love love these boats from Ohdeedoh! We did this project before on a camping trip, but the boats still haven’t seen the water. we might have to try it again this weekend and float the boats!

2. And a wave in a bottle! How fun is this wave project from Babble for the little ones!

3. What little kid doesn’t love bubbles???? So if the kids love bubbles and they loving making things, won’t they want to make art out of bubbles?? I think so! Check out the how to at Disney Family Fun.

and 4. As you might know, my son loves glow in the dark… So if the kids are up late enough to be drinking anything outside in the dark, these glow in the dark cups from Making Memories with Your Kids will be fun. If not, the adults can partake!

Do you have a fun art projects that your family enjoys doing together?

I’ll be back with an update about which projects we tried out!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 688 other followers